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Amazing City View! Renovated Home in Kansas City

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, + Office

Fully furnished home on quiet street with awesome downtown view from big front porch.

Includes HDTV, office, washer & dryer, fully equipped eat-in kitchen, towels, linens, etc.

Internet access (Wifi and wired), 300+ channel Cable service, yard service and all utilities are included in the rental rate.

The office can be converted to a small 3rd bedroom for larger groups.

If you love renovated homes, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, a retro design aesthetic, city living, neighborhood (non-chain) restaurants, and of course ...a view, you must check this out!

More Details

Steven S
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Steven S

I enjoy cooking, travel, hiking, frisbee, art, architecture, soccer, golf, ballet, BBQ, beer with a bite, full bodied wine, an occasional stiff drink, strong coffee and most of all, time with my family and friends.

Steven S purchased this house in 2002

Why Steven S chose Kansas City

Everyone who's stayed here has found this property to be more comfortable, more interesting, and a better value compared to staying in a hotel.

What makes this house unique

I particularly appreciate the view of the Kansas City skyline from the front porch, especially at sunset. There's hardwood and tile throughout, no carpet. There are some great neighborhood (non-chain) restaurants nearby, some of which are described in a neighborhood guide I've put together for guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Steven was just a fantastic, professional, and generous host! His communication was always lightening fast and understanding. The home was a true labor of love, and we had a wonderful time relaxing and appreciating all of the details that Steven had clearly very tastefully and lovingly paid attention to. He totally accommodated our late arrival, and was also flexible on our check-out, since there were no other guests arriving that day. The home itself is just great - the kitchen is spacious and sunny, and we had a great time cooking up our simple dinners, and then enjoying the view from the porch. We had a tournament to go to at the Kansas City Convention Center, which was less than 10 minutes via the Central Ave bridge. He also has a great list of restaurants and grocery stores for his guests - which came in handy. Steven's home was a wonderful base from which to explore Kansas City - we're so thankful that we stayed in his beautiful house, and are hoping to have another reason soon to come to Kansas City!"
Apr 2012
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Riverview House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Office - 1 twin/ single
  • The office can be setup as a bedroom upon request with a real twin bed.
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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Amazing City View! Renovated Home in Kansas City
average rating of 4.571429 based on 17 reviews

Frightening neighborhood

  • 1 of 5

So disappointed. I have had such great luck with VRBO/HomeAway rentals based on prior guests reviews, but somehow this one had really good recommendations. I hate to say mean things, but I want people to book this understanding it is in a bad neighborhood. Even if there were outdoor furniture, there is no way we would go in the backyard due to the apartment overlooking the house/yard.

Also, there is nothing around, and the BBQ that is only a 5 min walk is not worth the neighborhood you walk thru. We literally kept the blinds closed when we were there and stayed away as much as possible. We drove across the bridge to KC and did anything to stay there all day, defeating the reason we booked a house in the first place. The grill is an old filthy, rusty kettle grill located outside the lower lever ('creepy cellar'). My 18 and 19 year boys were completely freaked out staying down there.

I took several pictures to show the parts of the property that are not included on VRBO, but I don't think I can upload them here. Do not rent this thinking 'charming historic', the concrete stairs and sidewalk are crumbling, the basement is creepy (tub was full of dead bugs when we arrived), and there is no usable outdoor space.

We didn't hear from the owner once after our arrival, even when I emailed him to tell him we were leaving a day early. He sounds like a nice person, but I can't believe how bad this rental was. My husband and kids insist we will stay in hotels from this trip forward.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kate, Your feedback is important to me and you make some good points that have spurred me into action so thank you. Your biggest issue seems to have been the neighborhood. I grew up in the city (of St. Louis) so the neighborhood in which this house is located is one I'm very comfortable in. Guests that are coming to this urban environment from the country, the suburbs, or a small town should expect a different environment here. This city, like most, is a melting pot, a mixed bag. Some blocks, some house are really amazing or interesting and super well kept; others, not so much. Though I can't single-handedly change the neighborhood I can supplement VRBOs “Book with Confidence Guarantee” with my own guarantee (now written into my Rental Agreement) to fully refund my share of the rental fee if a Guest arrives and doesn't dig the place or the neighborhood. Since finding alternate accommodations can take some time and effort, and because those Guests might well be dead tired when they get here, they can stay the first night on me, then be on their way to a hotel or other VRBO property where they will be happier. My Guests happiness is my very top priority. I found three other items in your feedback that I can do something about and I plan to. 1.) the Weber kettle grill in the back yard needs to be cleaned after each guest's use and may need to be replaced. Got it. 2.) Bugs in the tub. I contract with a pest control company and they will hear from me. I appreciate you letting me know. 3.) “Concrete stairs and sidewalk are crumbling”. The stairs are solid slabs of limestone that are over 100 years old and yeah, they are showing their age, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to replace them despite being uneven. The sidewalks in front of the house are brick, but the concrete walkway around the front porch is cracked / crumbling. I can and will do something about that. Its been on my list for a while and it just got moved up. Thanks. Regarding not hearing from me after your arrival, that's true; nor did I hear from you prior to you informing me that the dishwasher was loaded and that you were headed home. I had no idea you were so unhappy here. Had I known I would have done everything in my power to resolve the issues. Kate, I wish you the very best in your future travels. Of course, there will be a significant price difference between hotel accommodations for five people (as were in your group) and value oriented VRBO properties like mine.
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Pet friendly!

  • 5 of 5

There are very few pet friendly options in KC. The owner was very accommodating for us. The home suited our needs nicely while we waited for our own home to close while relocating to the area. Owner is easy to get a hold of by email and phone & was pleasant to communicate with. The house has quite a few sleeping options and we were able to prepare meals easily with available cookware. Home has lots of character and was clean.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property - just as described.

  • 5 of 5

Steven was a wonderful host. Very prompt to respond and accommodating to all requests! Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You should pick this property!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this property for a month with my wife and two kids after relocating to Kansas City for a new job. We stayed here a month to give us time to find a good house to move into. This place beats the socks off of staying in a hotel, trust me. The porch has a fantastic view of downtown Kansas City like the other reviewers have said. The inside is very nice and comfortable. It comes with pretty fast internet/wifi and cable television. The upstairs bedroom is large with a comfortable bed, and the upstairs bathroom is nice with two sinks and a nice shower. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed, and the downstairs was comfortable too. There's two beds downstairs in the basement that are both comfortable and another bathroom in the basement too. It stays nice and cool in the basement. There's a backyard that backs up to woods, and my son enjoyed playing around in the yard. Parking wasn't ever an issue and we just parked on the street in front of the property. Another plus of the location is that it's about a block away from Slaps BBQ which is possibly the best barbecue in Kansas City. We ate there multiple times since we were so close. Definitely check out the burnt ends, they are excellent. The owner, Steve, was great and answered all our questions and was responsive to all our needs. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a comfortable stay in Kansas City.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was convieiniently located. I did feel at home, loved being able to cook and there was fun activities right across the street!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing clean place. The host was extremely helpful and the house had everything we needed and more. Very pleased and will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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NASCAR at the Kansas City Speedway, Professional Soccer at Livestrong Stadium, Gambling Casinos, Water Parks, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, Country Club Plaza (aka The Plaza), The Crossroads Art District, The Sprint Center, The Power & Light District. Ask me (the Host) for the neighborhood guide I've put together.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $10
Damage Deposit $100

Rates and availability are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
When a Pet is present the Quoted Rate will be increased by $10/night per Pet; and the Fully Refundable Deposit will be increased by $100.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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